Zindagi Gulzar Hai
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
Promotional DVD Poster
|Based on||Zindagi Gulzar Hai by Umera Ahmed|
|Written by||Umera Ahmed|
|Directed by||Sultana Siddiqui|
|Opening theme||"Zindagi Gulzar Hai" by Ali Zafar|
|Ending theme||"Zindagi Khak Na Thi" by Hadiqa Kiani|
|Country of origin||Pakistan|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||Approx. 40-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||MD Productions|
|Distributor||Hum Network Limited|
|Original network||Hum TV|
|Picture format||360i (SDTV)|
|First shown in||Pakistan|
|Original release||30 November 2012 – 24 May 2013|
Zindagi Gulzar Hai (Urdu: زندگی گلزار ہے; English: Life is fruitful) is a Pakistani drama, directed by Sultana Siddiqui and produced by Momina Duraid of Moomal Productions, which was broadcast on Hum TV. Based on the novel of the same name by Umera Ahmad, it was first telecast from 30 November 2012 to May 2013 in Pakistan. The story revolves around two persons, opposite in thought and financial status. This serial has a strong female lead protagonist and was very popular among the female audience.
Zindagi Gulzar Hai also aired in various other countries including eleven Arab countries, several European countries, India and Iran. It premiered on the MBC Group in January 2014 in eleven Arab countries, Hum TV on March 2014 in Europe, and Zindagi on 23 June 2014. It has aired 6 times in Iran.
The story revolves around the lives of Kashaf Murtaza (Sanam Saeed) and Zaroon Junaid (Fawad Khan), who are poles apart. Kashaf comes from a lower-middle-class family background and lives with her mother Rafia (Samina Peerzada) and her two sisters, Sidra (Mansha Pasha) and Shehnila (Sana Sarfaraz). Rafia had been abandoned by her husband, Murtaza, (Waseem Abbas) because she did not give birth to a son. As a result, Kashaf hates him and has deep distrust in men. Her father married another woman, who did eventually give birth to his son Hamad.
Rafia works as the principal of a government school, and tutors children along with her daughters in the evening to make ends meet. Kashaf, her eldest daughter, gets a scholarship to a prestigious university, where she meets Zaroon, who comes from a rich family. They initially don't get along with each other especially due to Zaroon's jealousy of her out-performing him, a topper until then. However, later Zaroon tries to patch up with her but his attempts are repeatedly rebuffed. Later upon over-hearing Zaroon saying that he was only trying to be friendly as a challenge and to trap Kashaf and tarnish her image, Kashaf starts hating him outright. Osama meanwhile is shown to admire Kashaf's qualities and even defend her, telling Zaroon that he was the one at fault.
Zaroon's family consists of his patient and mature father, Junaid (Javed Sheikh) and independent working mother, Ghazala Junaid (Hina Khawaja Bayat) and sister Sara (Ayesha Omar), who has the same qualities as her mother. Zaroon's circle of close friends consists of Asmara (Mehreen Raheel) and Osama (Shehryar Munawar Siddiqui). He remains unaware of the fact that Asmara is in love with him. Their families get them engaged but due to irreconcilable differences they break off the engagement. Zaroon states many times that his ideal wife would have qualities found in Kashaf.
Both Zaroon and Kashaf apply for, and get admitted to the Pakistan's Central Superior Services, where they renew their contact. Having matured over time, Zaroon again makes attempts at friendship only to be repeatedly turned down, as Kashaf believes him to be the same flirtatious and irresponsible person as before. Osama proposes to Kashaf, but she rejects it. Later Zaroon talks to Sir Abrar (Behroze Sabzwari), who was the college principal and a mentor to Kashaf, and Zaroon's close family friend. Zaroon confesses to him that he wants to marry Kashaf and asks him to talk to Kashaf on his behalf. After initially rejecting his proposal, the two agree to meet at Abrar's house, where Zaroon prevents Kashaf from getting scalded by hot tea. She accepts his proposal and they get engaged and married. After the wedding Zaroon also establishes good rapport with Kashaf's family.
Zaroon and Kashaf eventually start getting to know one another. Later Zaroon and Kashaf have a fight as he comes to know about Osama's proposal. They reconcile when they find that Kashaf is pregnant. Later, Kashaf discovers that Zaroon is secretly in touch with Asmara. Thinking that Zaroon is having a romantic affair with Asmara, she leaves his house and returns to her mother's home. She starts missing Zaroon and later dreams that Zaroon has divorced her. Zaroon also misses Kashaf but does not contact her. Kashaf realizes that she is really in love with Zaroon and yearns to go back to him and calls up Zaroon the same night to tell him that they are having twin daughters. He flies the same night to meet her and they reconcile. Thus, their feud finally ends and they confess their love for each other. Few months later Kashaf gives birth to twin girls, who complete their family.
- Sanam Saeed as Kashaf Murtaza
- Fawad Khan as Zaroon Junaid
- Ayesha Omer as Sara Junaid: Zaroon's sister
- Mehreen Raheel as Asmara Tariq
- Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui as Osama
- Mansha Pasha as Sidra Murtaza: Kashaf's elder sistsr
- Sana Sarfaraz as Shehnila Murtaza: Kashaf's younger sister
- Samina Peerzada as Rafiya Murtaza: Kashaf's mother
- Waseem Abbas as Murtaza: Kashaf's father
- Javed Shaikh as Junaid: Zaroon and Sara's father
- Hina Khawaja Bayat as Ghazala Junaid: Zaroon and Sara's mother
- Behroze Sabzwari as Abrar: Teacher and Zaroon's Uncle
- Maheen Rizvi as Maria Khan: Kashaf's University friend
- Shazia Afgan as Nigar Murtaza: 2nd wife of Murtaza
- Muhammad Asad as Hammad Murtaza: Nigar and Murtaza's son (Kashaf's step-brother)
- Kanwar Nafees as Farhan Zaid
- Khalid Ahmed as Wahab: Murtaza's elder brother
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
|Soundtrack album by Shani Arshad|
|1.||"Zindagi Khaak Na Thi"||Hadiqa Kiani||5:00|
|2.||"Zindagi Gulzar Hai"||Ali Zafar||3:23|
Zindagi Gulzar Hai was originally broadcast on Hum TV in December 2012. In 2015 the series was dubbed into Arabic and was broadcast by the MBC in the Middle East, under the name Asrar Al Hob (أسرار الحب). The series was broadcast to 11 Arab Countries . The show immediately gained popularity and after airing its first few episodes, became the most popular drama on the channel. Before this some Pakistani dramas were broadcast in the Middle East. In 2014 the series was also broadcast in Iran and Turkey.
Netflix recently launched Pakistani dramas and Zindagi Gulzar Hai was added to Netflix on December 15, 2015. Currently it holds 4 star rating.
Television Rating Points (TRPs)
Zindagi Gulzar Hai started off very well than averaging 6.4 TRPs but after the climax episode i.e. EP. 7, ratings increased dramatically averaging and topping the charts every week. Then after the marriage of the protagonists, ratings started to further increase and now Zindagi Gulzar Hai averages 6+ TRPs with 6.6 TRPs as maximum until now. But from 3 May 2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai achieved 8.7 trp as declared by Hum TV. Many say that it will make a new record when its last episode will air. And it did by reaching a point till 9.5. It is the second highest-rated Pakistani television series. This drama got 9 awards at the 2nd Hum Awards, 3 awards at the 4th Pakistan Media Awards and 2 awards at the 13th Lux Style Awards. The role of Sanam Saeed was appreciated by critics. As for Fawad Khan it was the third blockbuster drama for him after Dastaan and Humsafar.
Awards and Accolades
|2013||Lux Style Awards||Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Won|
|2014||Pakistan Media Awards||Best Drama of the year 2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
|2014||Pakistan Media Awards||Best Director to Sultana Siddiqui|
|2014||Pakistan Media Awards||Best Writer to Umera Ahmed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Director Drama Serial to Momina Duraid|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Drama Serial to Sultana Siddiqui|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Supporting Actress to Samina Peerzada|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Writer Drama Serial to Umera Ahmed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Onscreen Couple to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Drama Serial Viewers Choice to Momina Duraid|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Onscreen Couple Viewers Choice to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actor Viewers Choice to Fawad Khan|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actress Viewers Choice to Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actor to Fawad Khan|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actress to Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Supporting Actor to Waseem Abbas|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Actor - Satellite to Fawad Khan|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Actress - Satellite to Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Writer to Umera Ahmad||Nominated|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Director to Sultana Siddiqui|
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